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Major in Politics & International Affairs

What is a politics & international affairs degree?

Virtually everything we do in life hinges on politics – education, housing, healthcare and how we interact with other nations. We study political science to become knowledgeable global citizens. Learning about other cultures and political systems sharpens communication, critical thinking and analysis skills to help us tackle political, social and economic problems.

Why study politics & international affairs at Furman?

Seventeen faculty members lead courses that focus on everything from public law and Congress to the politics of China and political philosophy. By design, the professor-to-student ratio remains 1:14, allowing you to get to know your faculty mentors and engage with them both in and outside of class. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Engage deeply in the subject matter through in-class simulations of real-world political scenarios. Connect with your campus community through the Political Thought Club or award-winning Mock Trial program. Learn from acclaimed scholars through the Tocqueville Program, and nurture your passion for public policy through The Riley Institute. Participate in national and international internships in faculty-led programs in Washington, D.C., Scotland, Belgium or Canada. Or take a three-week May Experience excursion in Scandinavia, Europe, Latin America or China.

Conduct research with faculty and present at national conferences or publish your work to give you a leg up wherever you land after graduation. Address human rights issues in our local community by interning in our one-of-a-kind, in-house legal clinic, the Justicia Project. Register and educate new voters through our DinsVote student initiative. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Careers for politics & international affairs majors

Critical thinkers and problem-solvers can thrive in any field.

Our graduates have excelled in fields and professions like these:

  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Higher education
  • The White House and executive branch agencies
  • The military
  • Sales, business development
  • Public relations
  • Investment firms and banking

Politics & international affairs degree: What will you study?

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Capstone Seminar in Politics & International Affairs

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95%
participate in at least one internship
93%
are employed or continue their education post-graduation
82%
participate in at least one study away

What our students say:

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“My time at Furman wouldn’t be the same without my professors. Some of my favorite memories are long talks in their offices after class, traveling together to D.C. and building relationships with their families. My professors have helped me become a stronger student and more thoughtful person.” – Diana Oxner ’21

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s Department of Politics & International Affairs faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • Brittany Arsiniega
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Headshot of Brittany Arsiniega, visiting professor

    Brittany Arsiniega
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943185

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  • Michael Bressler
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Michael Bressler
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642942992

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  • Teresa Nesbitt Cosby
    Title:

    Professor, Politics & International Affairs

    Associate professor, Teresa Nesbit Cosby

    Teresa Nesbitt Cosby
    Title:

    Professor, Politics & International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642942129

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  • David Fleming
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Researcher, Riley Institute

    David Fleming

    David Fleming
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Researcher, Riley Institute

    Phone Number: 8642942360

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  • Cleveland Fraser
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Coordinator, APEC

    Cleveland Fraser

    Cleveland Fraser
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Coordinator, APEC

    Phone Number: 8642943185

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  • Donald Gordon
    Title:

    Executive Director, Riley Institute; Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Don Gordon

    Donald Gordon
    Title:

    Executive Director, Riley Institute; Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943327

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  • Jim Guth
    Title:

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Distinguished Fellow, Riley Institute

    Jim Guth

    Jim Guth
    Title:

    William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Distinguished Fellow, Riley Institute

    Phone Number: 8642943330

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  • Glen Halva-Neubauer
    Title:

    Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Glen Halva-Neubauer

    Glen Halva-Neubauer
    Title:

    Dana Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943608

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  • Katherine Palmer Kaup
    Title:

    James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

    Katherine Palmer Kaup

    Katherine Palmer Kaup
    Title:

    James B. Duke Professor of Asian Studies and Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943150

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  • Akan Malici
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Akan Malici

    Akan Malici
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943576

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  • Robert L’Arrivee
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics & International Affairs

    Robert L’Arrivee

    Robert L’Arrivee
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics & International Affairs

    Phone Number: 864294488

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  • Brent Nelsen
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Brent Nelsen

    Brent Nelsen
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8642943329

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  • Buket Oztas
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Co-chair, Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Buket Oztas

    Buket Oztas
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Co-chair, Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Phone Number: 8642942712

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  • Elizabeth Smith
    Title:

    Chair and Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs; Assistant Faculty Director, The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith
    Title:

    Chair and Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs; Assistant Faculty Director, The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    Phone Number: 8642943674

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  • Benjamin Storey
    Title:

    Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, the Tocqueville Program

    Benjamin Storey

    Benjamin Storey
    Title:

    Jane Gage Hipp Professor of Politics and International Affairs; Director, the Tocqueville Program

    Phone Number: 8642943574

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  • Jenna Storey
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Executive Director of the Tocqueville Program

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    Jenna Storey
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Executive Director of the Tocqueville Program

    Phone Number: 8645177358

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  • Danielle Vinson
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Danielle Vinson

    Danielle Vinson
    Title:

    Professor, Politics and International Affairs

    Phone Number: 8643200105

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  • Aaron Zubia
    Title:

    Postdoctoral Fellow, The Tocqueville Program

    Aaron Zubia

    Aaron Zubia
    Title:

    Postdoctoral Fellow, The Tocqueville Program

    Phone Number: 8642942489

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a politics & international affairs degree?

    Critical thinkers and problem-solvers can thrive in any field. Our graduates have excelled in fields and professions such as law, public policy, nonprofits and government. Politics & international affairs majors often work as lawyers, public policymakers, nonprofit employees, government officials, members of the military and investment bankers.

    What’s the average salary for politics & international affairs majors?

    On average, those with a political science degree in the U.S. earn about $46,000 per year. But the top 10% can earn salaries of more than $109,000, according to zippia.com.

    How long does it take to earn a degree in politics & international affairs?

    The politics and international affairs B.A. program at Furman is a four-year program.

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